Some interesting facts about Phoenicopterus chilensis are...

·         Chilean flamingos stay in large groups, sometimes close to 70,000 birds (Bucher et al. 2012)!

·         Chilean Flamingos stand on one leg because it is more comfortable, and because they tuck their leg
          up underneath their feathers to keep their body warm (Lincoln Park Zoo 2001).

·         The name flamingo originates from the mid-16th century. It comes from an earlier version of the
          Spanish flamenco, the flamengo. Also, due to the flamingo’s color, they are associated with flamma
          which is “a flame” (Oxford Dictionary 2014).

·         With their long, lanky necks, they don’t have extra vertebrae; they have 19 cervical vertebrae that
          are elongated (Animal Diversity Web 2007).

·         Phoenicopterus chilensis eat with their heads upside down so their bills can filter out the food for the
          flamingo, and drain the water (Wicker 2004).

·         When flamingos look like their knees are bending backwards, it’s actually their ankles. Their knees
          are located farther up on their body, right underneath their feathers (Wicker 2004).

·         They have webbed feet not just so they can swim, but also so they can stay on top of the mud
          when they walk (Wicker 2004).

·         The more carotenoids flamingos eat from zooplankton and other organisms, the pinker their feathers
          get (Animal Corner 2014).

·         Some Andean miners use the tongues of Chilean Flamingos because they believe it is the cure to
           tuberculosis (Field Guide).
·         They eat blue-green alga which not only provides food for the animal, but also keeps the waters
          clean (Grinfeld 2007).

·         Chilean Flamingos have bred before to Barry White. Seductive songs not only encourage
          reproduction for humans, but for flamingos ( 2012).
·         Flamingos can hold their breaths for a very long period of time (University of Exeter).

·         The inside of a flamingo’s egg is pink (University of Exeter)!
·         Chilean flamingos can absorb water through their feathers when they bathe in freshwater springs
          and small puddles (Archive 2013).

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